CLEVELAND – Scientists are working on a new MRI scanner that is so fast it can detect cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart related illnesses in mere seconds.
NDJ World | Published: Mar 14 2013 Health
Professor and radiologist Marck Griswold from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Ohio, explains that the new scanner is so revolutionary, it detects deadly illnesses still in early stages of development, giving doctors the opportunity to treat these illnesses at a time when the likelihood of a cure is still very high.
The new MRF – magnetic resonance fingerprinting – scanner operates by using complex mathematical calculations, allowing the scanner to gather much more information through a single measurement. Patients will know in only seconds if they have a health issue they should be concerned about.
The MRF’s algorithms produce a ‘fingerprint’ of human tissue patterns revealing tumors and other illnesses that doctors can use to make a rapid diagnosis.
Mark Griswold warns however that although the new MRF scanner is very promising, it won’t be readily available just yet:
“The ultimate goal is to identify individual tissues and diseases before they become a problem. To achieve that, we need to forget everything what we know about the traditional MRI and start all over again; and that takes time.”
The MRF scanner is capable of checking an entire human body at once and can detect brain tumors in just 12 seconds.
With the new scanner, radiologist do not longer need to interpret the shaded areas they see on x-ray photos. The MRF will be able to pinpoint the location and severity of the illness.
Griswold says he hopes the new MRF scanner will become a routine requirement during annual health checkups.
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